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It was all Greek to them.
On Oct. 17, junior high students at St. Thomas Catholic School in Philo celebrated a Greek Day as the culmination of a literature unit in which they are reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series by Rick Riordan. The junior high students are reading one book in the series each year and with it are learning about the history of ancient Greece.
The Center for Education in Small Urban Communities unit of the College of Education at Illinois brought award-winning authors to Unity schools on Oct. 17.
On Friday, the Kitty Cat Room at the Montessori School in Savoy held a special event, Doughnuts with Dad. Students enjoyed doughnuts and juice with their dads. The class has a similar event in the spring for mothers.
Teachers from Unity East and Unity West elementary schools got training in ALICE on Friday.
The Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate program teaches teachers to fight back against school shooters.
Unity West Principal Lanee Reichert encouraged the staff members to think about what they could do to secure their classrooms if there were a shooter in the school.
On Friday afternoon, teachers from Unity East and Unity West elementary schools had an in-service training on the Google Apps for Education.
The suite of apps is designed to help eliminate paper in the clasroom.
Starting with such basics as how to access their drives, shared drives and files, teachers received training on everything from making websites to making forms.
Unity West Elementary School held its monthly PBIS celebration to reward students for good behavior on Friday. Unity High School athletes visited to participate in activities with the students.
Staff members from Unity High School and Unity Junior High School got some special training last Monday in what to do if a shooter should ever enter one of their schools.
Jim Carver is the new principal at Unity East Elementary School, but he’s not new to the school.
Carver has taught fourth grade there for the last six years.
“I’m excited to be continuing my career here,” Carver said.
Read the full story in the Aug. 14 issue of The County Star.
Students from the Montessori School of Champaign-Urbana in Savoy had a Fourth of July parade last Thursday.
Unity East Elementary School held its End of Year Talent Celebration last Thursday.